COOKIE (2020) Reviews and overview of Indian horror

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‘I’m not normal…’

Cookie is a 2020 Indian Bollywood Hindi supernatural horror film about the violent death of a teenage girl and her vengeful spirit’s return.

Written and directed by Lalit Marathe (Shabri) with additional dialogue by Mridul Toolsidass. Produced by Smita Tripathi, Lalit Marathe and Mridual Toolsidass.

The Sixth Sense Cinevision production stars Vibhoutee Sharma, Rajeev Gupta, Reena Wadhwa and Ankur Vikal.

Plot:

Psychiatrists Doctor Aparna (Reena Wadhwa) and Doctor Rajeev Kapoor (Rajeev Gupta) are so involved in their work they end up neglecting their own teenage daughter Cookie (Vibhoutee Sharma).

Rebellious and defiant Cookie leaves her parents and meets a violent end, turning her parents lives upside down. However, her vengeful spirit returns home, ready to vent out all the resentment she felt in her short life…

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Reviews:

” …bizarre theories and the ghost effects (which were not frightening at all) take the film on a dull and predictable ride. There is also a severe lack in the concept of logic, which is quite common in Bollywood level horror plots. The lead has given an exaggerated, average performance in this unstructured storyline and the parents, especially the father, tend to stick with monotonic sad looks in most parts of the film.” Infodea

“Horror and hilarity go hand in glove in this excruciating watch that could also leave you in splits […] In the lead, Sharma couldn’t have hammed it up any more than she does and single-handedly sinks this one […] her ability to internalise the spirit that has penetrated her character renders zero chills. Vikal, perhaps the only casting choice with some acting chops, completes his policeman-cum-paranormal pandit with an eclectic mix of deliriously stunned eyebrow raises.” Mumbai Mirror

“The director tries to fit in various human emotions in one half-baked story — of child neglect, sibling rivalry, revenge and what not — but its execution is plain shoddy, which the Indian horror movies are anyway notorious for. Sure, there was an attempt to do something ‘hatke’ with Cookie but the diegesis is an amalgamation of all other movies in this genre; predictable till the credits roll.” Times of India

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Release:

Cookie was released in India on 28th February 2020.

Cast and characters (alphabetical):

Nabeel Ahmed … Agham
Amit Ashar … Doctor Sundar
Bhavin Bhanushali … Andy
Raghav Dhir … Jaggi
Rajeev Gupta … Doctor Rajiv Kapoor
Asha Joshi … Mokashi’s Mother
Anuja Lokre … Kunda (Mokashi’s Wife)
Pallas Prajapati … Mokashi’s Son
Heeba Shah … Shaheen Khan
Bhavika Sharma … Minnie Kapoor
Vibhoutee Sharma … Cookie Kapoor
Sai Tamhankar … Inspector Babar
Ankur Vikal … Inspector Anant Mokashi
Reena Wadhwa … Doctor Aparna Kapoor

Technical details:

1 hour 44 minutes

Trailer:

“I’m Cookie” song:

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